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Afro Roots

by Mongo Santamaria

Afro Roots by Mongo Santamaria

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Afro Roots

by Mongo Santamaria

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Label: Fantasy Records
Cuban Mongo Santamaria was a mesmerizing conguero, bandleader and personality, whose gifts behind the drums were often augmented by a touch of traditional Cuban mysticism. This repackaging brings together his first pair of LPs as a bandleader -- originally released in '58 and '59 -- and reveals the kitschy exotica of the late '50s Latin music fad. The recording doesn't try to win over square audiences, and the credits feature a litany of Latin soul heavies. For a quick primer on the heady stuff, skip straight to "Chano Pozo" and try to wrap your head around what's happening on the congas.

About This Album

Cuban Mongo Santamaria was a mesmerizing conguero, bandleader and personality, whose gifts behind the drums were often augmented by a touch of traditional Cuban mysticism. This repackaging brings together his first pair of LPs as a bandleader -- originally released in '58 and '59 -- and reveals the kitschy exotica of the late '50s Latin music fad. The recording doesn't try to win over square audiences, and the credits feature a litany of Latin soul heavies. For a quick primer on the heady stuff, skip straight to "Chano Pozo" and try to wrap your head around what's happening on the congas.

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About This Album

Cuban Mongo Santamaria was a mesmerizing conguero, bandleader and personality, whose gifts behind the drums were often augmented by a touch of traditional Cuban mysticism. This repackaging brings together his first pair of LPs as a bandleader -- originally released in '58 and '59 -- and reveals the kitschy exotica of the late '50s Latin music fad. The recording doesn't try to win over square audiences, and the credits feature a litany of Latin soul heavies. For a quick primer on the heady stuff, skip straight to "Chano Pozo" and try to wrap your head around what's happening on the congas.